date: Sun, 31 May 2009 18:27:52 +0100
from: "Nicholls R.J." <R.J.NichollsatXYZxyzon.ac.uk>
subject: RE: A proposal for QUEST-GSI-2?
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Following the others, I think that an earlier proposal would be best to maintain momentum
and maximise what we can deliver to AR5.
Before, proceeding I would recommend talking to NERC - is there any steer there?
The disadvantage is time -- I am available for some of June, but only discrete windows.
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Subject: A proposal for QUEST-GSI-2?
I know that we have not finished QUEST-GSI yet, but it is timely to think about
"QUEST-GSI-2". The QUEST-GSI framework has given us an excellent opportunity to make a
major contribution to IPCC AR5 and the DECC AVOID programme (as it evolves).
I am proposing that we submit a proposal to NERC for a new project to build on QUEST-GSI. I
have attached a very preliminary outline, summarizing how we would (i) run with new
scenarios and (ii) enhance the science (although I haven't yet specified how we might do
that - recognizing that "running with new scenarios" will involve some new science too).
The key question is whether we seek to make a proposal for the 1 July 2009 NERC deadline or
the 1 December 2009 deadline.
The main advantages and disadvantages of each are:
July (with potential start in April 2010) advantages
more time to do the science
Disadvantages time to prepare proposal
too soon to present results from
QUEST-GSI in proposal
too soon to bring in new partners
December (with potential start in summer 2010 at the earliest)
Advantages time to prepare a good proposal
Able to include examples from
Disadvantages risk of break with QUEST-GSI
Shorter time to do the work
I would greatly appreciate any comments. I have not discussed this with anybody at NERC or
Professor Nigel Arnell
Walker Institute for Climate System Research
University of Reading